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FXUS65 KPUB 230106

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Pueblo CO
606 PM MST Wed Feb 22 2017

Issued at 606 PM MST Wed Feb 22 2017

Updated to expire red flag warning for today. Red flag warning for
Thursday remains in effect.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Friday)
Issued at 343 PM MST Wed Feb 22 2017

...Very Windy Tomorrow With High to Extreme Fire Danger...


Breezy to windy conditions were occurring along the I-25 corridor
and the higher terrain this afternoon. Temperatures were quite warm
with reading in the  the mid 60s to mid 70s across the plain and 50s
in the valleys. Red Flag conditions were occurring mainly along the
greater I-25 corridor region as dewpts were in the single digits in
quite a few places leading to RHs in the 10-15% range. In the
central mtns, a few  snow showers were likely ongoing.


A very mild night is in store as light westerly flow will  continue
across the lower elevations with some modest sw sfc flow closer to
the mtns. This will keep temps in the 40s across a good part of the
plains, especially south of US 50. Winds will keep up at the higher
elevations of the mtns. Snow showers will be on the increase,
especially after midnight across the continental divide, especially
over the central mtns. Accumulations of less than 2 inches will be
possible, mainly over the c mtns. Towards sunrise, hi res guidance
indicates a strong 80-100 knt 500 mb jet moving into south central


the strong 500 mb jet will move across the southern tier of the
county warning area tomorrow morning and into the afternoon. At mid
levels, temps will drop several degrees during the day while in the
meantime, strong downslope flow (and associated adiabatic warming)
continues at the surface. This will cause the lapse rates to become
dry adiabatic across a good part of the plains, and this in turn
will help transport the strong winds (and very dry air) down towards
the surface.

Given the above, a dangerous red flag day is in store for the region
as winds will be gusting to 40 to 50 mph across the plains tomorrow,
especially south and east of Pueblo. A RED FLAG WARNING has already
been issued for tomorrow for all of the plains, excluding northern
El Paso county. I should note that it will also be quite windy
across all of El Paso county, however, due to the cooler air, the RH
values across N El Paso county will likely remain above critical

Temps tomorrow will be cooler than today as cold air advection moves
over the region, and expect highs only in the 50s and mid 60s across
the plains. Areas in N El Paso county may note get out of the 40s.

In the mtns, especially the c mtns, snow will occur and several
inches of new snow will be possible. Snow shower with an inch or two
will be possible in the sw mtns. Snow showers may occur across the
remainder of the higher elevations.

By late in the day, the surface cold front will begin to move across
the plains, and should be located roughly along the US-50 corridor by


Much cooler air will move into the region, and it will start to feel
like February once again. Max temps will only reach into the 30s and
40s across the plains. It will be breezy across the lower elevations
with wind chills in the 20s and 30s. remnant troughieness over the
mtns will keep snow showers ongoing across the central mountain
region. /Hodanish

.LONG TERM...(Friday night through Wednesday)
Issued at 343 PM MST Wed Feb 22 2017

Friday night-Sunday night...Moderate westerly flow aloft progged
across region Friday night and Saturday, as an upper low across the
Upper Midwest continues to lift north and east and a flat upper
ridge builds across the state. Southwest flow increases across the
region through the day Sunday, as an Eastern Pacific trough digs
across the Great Basin and continues across the Rockies Sunday
night. Showers over the higher terrain Friday afternoon diminish
Friday evening, with some light orographic snow possible through the
day Saturday along the ContDvd. Snow increases across the ContDvd
Saturday night and Sunday, with snow and rain showers spreading east
over the high mountain valleys to the Eastern Mountains Sunday
afternoon and evening, with some showers possible across the I-25
corridor and eastern plains associated with passing cold front. Pops
to diminish Sunday night. Quick movement of this system to limit
snow totals, though could see low end advisory amounts across
portions of the ContDvd. Temperatures look to be at or below
seasonal averages through the period.

Monday-Wednesday...Moderate westerly flow early Monday behind the
passing trough gives way to increasing southwest flow once again
through the day Tuesday, as another Eastern Pacific system digs
across the Great Basin and continues across the Rockies through
Tuesday night. This system will bring another round of snow,
possibly heavy at times, to the ContDvd starting late Monday morning
and continuing through early Tuesday. Increasing westerly flow
Monday will help boost temperatures and increase fire danger across
the eastern plains Monday afternoon, with another quick shot of
generally light rain and snow for southeast Colorado on Tuesday
behind the system`s associated cold front. Drier weather, save for
possible snow showers across the Central Mountains, with moderating
temperatures expected across the area on Wednesday with northwest
flow aloft behind the passing system.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Thursday evening)
Issued at 343 PM MST Wed Feb 22 2017

ALS... Winds from the south will affect the ALS until around 12Z,
when the winds shifts to a strong westerly flow. Once the wind
shifts to the west, expect wind speed values greater than 20 KTS.
VFR conditions expected.

COS... Strong westerly flow  will be replaced with lighter variable
winds around 06Z.  The flow will remain light, but will shift
towards the south around 12Z only to shift once more to the west
post frontal passage around 18Z.  Winds will pick up after the
frontal passage and will likely exceed 28 KTS. LLWS isn`t expected
as upper flow is also from the west.  Expect VFR conditions.

Westerly flow will lighten up around 03Z and remain that way
until around 18Z when a front propagates over PUB.  Winds will ramp
up to magnitudes greater than 30 KTS. LLWS isn`t expected during the
time, since the upper-level flow are from the west around the same
magnitude.  Expect VFR conditions throughout the forecast period.


Red Flag Warning from 11 AM to 6 PM MST Thursday for COZ227>237.



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